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The 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be June 14-15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. This premier conference will focus on nutrition and management to improve cow performance, foot health and overall cow health, in addition to other topics.

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Dairy Iowa members and friends will meet on June 8 at the Heartland Agribition Center located at 2600 Swan lake Blvd. in Independence, Iowa. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and The new Dairy Iowa Chairman Kurt Wierda will made welcoming comments and introductions at 10 a.m.

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When we think of temperature stress on calves, the common concern is cold, but as temperatures are moving to the 900F mark this week, producers need to remember soaring summer temperatures, hot sun, and high humidity can cause heat stress in calves and heifers just as in the milking herd. Reduced feed intake and increased maintenance energy needs coupled with lowered immunity can lead to poor growth, higher susceptibility to disease, and in extreme cases death.

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  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, May 24, 2018 Receipts:  56 loads    Last Week:  59 loads    Last Year:  110 loads Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Squares, 4 loads 162.50-177.50; Large Rounds, 2 loads 170.00-175.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 9 loads 137.50-155.00.  Utility: Large Rounds, 6 loads 110.00-127.50. Grass:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 1 load 185.00.  Good: Large Rounds, 11 … Continue reading Weekly Hay Auction Report
  • PEAQ Evaluations Aid Producers In Putting Up Quality Alfalfa
    Predictive Equations of Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) provides an estimate of the  Relative Feed Value (RFV), for the first cutting alfalfa standing in the field. Climatic variations impact alfalfa growth and development making it impossible to use a calendar date each spring to best determine when to harvest the first crop. The PEAQ method uses alfalfa … Continue reading PEAQ Evaluations Aid Producers In Putting Up Quality Alfalfa
  • Master Hoof Care Program Set For June 6-7 In Ames
    Research has proven that with each incidence of lameness the loss of milk production, lowered conception rate, and treatment cost exceeds $120 and over 90 percent of foot rot cases, digital dermatitis and sole ulcer cases can be treated. Finding cows early and treating them right away will shorten the duration of disease and limit … Continue reading Master Hoof Care Program Set For June 6-7 In Ames
  • WIDA June Dairy Month Open House Is June 28
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, May 3, 2018 Receipts:  83 loads    Last Week:  68 loads    Last Year:  76 loads Alfalfa:  Good: Large Squares, 5 loads 155.00-160.00; Large Rounds, 10 loads 145.00-160.00.  Fair:  Large Squares, 3 loads 145.00-147.50; Large Rounds, 12 loads 130.00-142.50.  Utility:  Large Rounds, 1 load 127.50. Grass:  Premium:  Small Squares, 1 load … Continue reading Weekly Hay Auction Report
  • US Dairy Exports Equal 17.3 Percent of US Production
    U.S. dairy exports set a new record high in March on a total volume basis surpassing the previous record high set in March 2014. Exports of whey protein concentrate and lactose each hit all- time highs. On a total milk solids basis, exports were equivalent to 17.3 percent of U.S. milk production. Suppliers shipped 204,453 tons of milk powder, cheese, … Continue reading US Dairy Exports Equal 17.3 Percent of US Production
  • July Webinars Will Help Producers Deal With Financial Stress Issues
    The current, protracted combination of low milk prices and the glut of milk products in the market place has stressed producers. The stress has built to the point that families are often at a loss to know what to say to each other, to their bankers and suppliers. At that point, it’s hard to know … Continue reading July Webinars Will Help Producers Deal With Financial Stress Issues
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Apr 30, 2018  ***Note, this was the final Monday hay auction until Nov 2018*** Receipts:  26 loads    Last Week:  34 loads    Year Ago:  No Sale Alfalfa: Good: Large Rounds, 2 loads 165.00-175.00.  Fair: Large Squares, 2 loads 150.00-155.00; Large Rounds, 2 loads 140.00-145.00.  Utility: Large Rounds, 2 loads 112.50-125.00. … Continue reading Weekly Hay Auction Report
  • Iowa March Milk Production Up 2 percent Over 2017
    Milk production in Iowa during March 2018 totaled 450 million pounds, up 2 percent from the previous March according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during March, at 220,000 head, was unchanged from last month but 4,000 more than last year. Monthly production … Continue reading Iowa March Milk Production Up 2 percent Over 2017
  • Master Hoof Care Program Set For May 8-9
    Research has proven that with each incidence of lameness the loss of milk production, lowered conception rate and treatment cost exceeds $120 and over 90 percent of foot rot cases, digital dermatitis and sole ulcer cases can be treated. Finding cows early and treating them right away will shorten the duration of disease and limit … Continue reading Master Hoof Care Program Set For May 8-9

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

Receipts:  82 loads    Last Week:  71 loads    Last Year:  49 loads

Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Squares, 6 loads 95.00-110.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 102.50. Fair:   Large Squares, 4 loads 75.00-87.50; Large Rounds, 22 loads 67.50-87.50.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 112.50-115.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 90.00; Large Rounds, 6 loads 80.00-102.50; Small Squares, 3 loads 90.00-97.50.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 24 loads 67.50-77.50; Small Squares, 108 bales at 2.50 per bale. Utility:  Large Rounds, 1 load 47.50.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 107.50.  Fair:  Large Squares, 3 loads 82.50-85.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 87.50.

Straw:  Large Squares, 1 load 70.00.  Large Rounds, 1 load 72.50.

Cornstalks:  Large Squares, 1 load 30.00.  Large Rounds, 3 loads 32.50-40.00.

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While horn flies and face flies are most commonly found on cattle in pastures, stable flies and house flies are more commonly found on cattle at the dairy. House flies are a nuisance for workers and cattle, often indicating a general sanitation problem. Stable flies, deer flies and horse flies, feed on blood from the back and legs, with stable flies having a long, bayonet-like proboscis that causes a painful sting.

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The Sioux County Dairy Board has scholarships available for high school seniors and college students. The deadline for both scholarships is May 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact siouxcountydairy@gmail.com.

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